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On The Top Of The World...

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NASA's Astronomy Picture of the DayNot long ago, I added a new feature to this website called "Astro Pic of the Day." This addition is visible right now in the left-most column of the home page and brings you the daily photo displayed on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day page.

Thanks to some creative coding and the services of InfinitelyRemote.com I have been able to harvest NASA's daily image and present it here. I encourage you to click on those daily images to see them in their High-Rez splendor and read their descriptions for a very interesting look into the universe in which we live. In the words of the NASA source page:

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

Today's offering was a very interesting video feed that shows a real-time view of the Earth from the ISS (International Space Station.) Not wishing to lose such an awesome "Window on the World," I have chosen to share it here:

ISS High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment


Live streaming video by Ustream

View the "Where is the International Space Station" Map

***QUICK NOTES ABOUT HDEV VIDEO***
Black Image = International Space Station (ISS) is on the night side of the Earth.
Gray Image = Switching between cameras, or communications with the ISS is not available.
No Audio = Normal. There is no audio on purpose. Add your own soundtrack.


For a display of the real time ISS location plus the HDEV imagery, visit here: http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/HDEV/

The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment aboard the ISS was activated April 30, 2014. It is mounted on the External Payload Facility of the European Space Agency’s Columbus module. This experiment includes several commercial HD video cameras aimed at the earth which are enclosed in a pressurized and temperature controlled housing. Video from these cameras is transmitted back to earth and also streamed live on this channel. While the experiment is operational, views will typically sequence though the different cameras. Between camera switches, a gray and then black color slate will briefly appear. Since the ISS is in darkness during part of each orbit, the images will be dark at those times. During periods of loss of signal with the ground or when HDEV is not operating, a gray color slate or previously recorded video may be seen.
Analysis of this experiment will be conducted to assess the effects of the space environment on the equipment and video quality which may help decisions about cameras for future missions. High school students helped with the design of some of the HDEV components through the High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program. Student teams will also help operate the experiment. To learn more about the HDEV experiment, visit here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/917.html

Source:Ustream

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Remembering To Care About The Earth

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Iron Eyes CodyIt was GatorWoman reminiscing about her meeting with the legendary "Iron Eyes" Cody [see Walking With The Alligators - Earth Day Memories, then and now~] that got me thinking back to the mid-seventies and anti-pollution campaigns of days gone by.

From Wikipedia:

Cody was widely seen in his "crying chief" role in the "Keep America Beautiful" public service announcement (PSA) in the early 1970s. The environmental commercial showed Cody dressed as a Native American, shedding a tear after trash is thrown from the window of a car and it lands at his feet. The announcer, William Conrad, says: "People start pollution; people can stop it."

As memorable as that "Keep America Beautiful" spot was it was the United States Brewers Association's "Pitch In" campaign that I recall as being one of the most effective or rather affective anti-litter campaigns. It was that infectious "jingle" - written by Steve Karmen  that I recall as becoming a mid-seventies Brainworm.

Give A Hoot! Don't Pollute
Seeing this video again takes me back to those days in May spent at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the days leading up to "The Greatest Spectacle In Racing" - The Indianapolis 500. In the height of the "Pitch In" campaign this song was played at the track with such absurd regularity that many in attendance fell prey to this anti-litter brainwashing and would join the collective hive-mind and sing along every time the PSA was broadcast. It was actually heartwarming to witness so many people joining their voices together in support of a cleaner planet. Even to this day, I cannot stand litter-bugs - coincidence? I think not...

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Spotlight[Entertainment]: The Fire Wire Blog

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The Fire Wire Pop Culture Blog

HUVr Board Video Claims To Show A Real Life ‘Back To The Future’-Style Hoverboard In Action

Moby, Tony Hawk, and other celebrities rocket around on the HUVr Board—a flying board billed as a real world version of the hoverboard from the Back to the Future film franchise—in this slickly produced promo video featuring Christopher Lloyd who played Emmett “Doc” Brown in the BTTF film trilogy.

According to HUVr, the board is crafted from “paramagnetic titanium” and is expected to ship in December 2014.

Funny or Die is behind HUVr, the mysterious tech company claiming to have invented the first hoverboard. The truth behind this massive viral campaign came out after a costume designer who worked on the shoot posted the experience on her online resume, which has now been removed.

Source: firewireblog.com

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Free Publicity - and Worth it!

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Throw BlogDogIt A BoneI have been having fun with the BlogDogIt "Friends - Link Exchange" (over to the right there - in case you missed it.)[smiley:;)] I have made several friends and have hopefully generated some traffic for them. I also have them to thank for bringing visitors to BlogDogIt by virtue of their display of the "BlogDogIt Tag" on their site, as part of the "Throw BlogDogIt A Bone" initiative.

I was facing a delima in that I had several links posted in the link exchange simply because they contained links back to BlogDogIt while not actually displaying the "BlogDogItTag." I still want to promote those sites but I really feel that the "Friends - Link Exchange" needs to stay true to its intended purpose.

Today I completed what I think to be a fine solution: I call it "Friendly Ad Roller" and right now it is displayed in the upper left corner of every page. This feature displays a randomly selected link-back graphic to one of our friend's websites. The pool of ads contains the official link exchange participants as well as other folks that I would like to bring to your attention.


Scroll this Box for the full "Rotation" of available Ads.

Shining the spotlight on friends of BlogDogIt.com

If you would like your site in this spotlight - just ask.
If you wish to be removed - same deal.

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Not Yer Pappy's Capcha

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You Mean Cracha?

In the last couple of weeks the nogoodniks have taught their robot armies to defeat the Geeklog® Capcha system and as a result BlogDogIt has seen an explosion in new members. I hope that the robot's feelings were not hurt when I deleted their shiny metal asses.

::Ben over at Geeklog.fr wasted little time devising a foil for our Cracking Nemessi. He chose to utilize the slider control in place of the vision test to determine your humanity. Geeklog operators (V1.8.0 and up) will want to pick up Capcha plugin 3.5.2 from Geeklog.fr.

Smooth Operating Capcha

It will be interesting to see how long this little brain storm will hold the spammers at bay.

This device replaces all instances of the old-school Capcha around the site here. Please let us know if it causes you any problems (unless you are a robot in which case you can choke on it.) [smiley:;)]

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...a Trickfest, I tell ya!

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Welcome to the world of opticals!It's stuff like this that has me keeping an eye on OpticalSpy. This amazing video is chocked full of visual effects, trick photography and WTF-nots you just have to see it to not believe it! I know, 7 and a half minutes is a lot to commit to a random YouTube vid but hit play and if you are like me you will be wishing there was more when it ends.

This could go viral!

Visit Optical Spy - World Of Opticals

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